Hardware for Built-In Tables and Seatscomments (2) January 30th, 2013 in Blogs
Know of good hardware sources for fold-up tables and chairs?
I came across these original kitchen built-ins in an attic in-law tastily rehabbed by master designer/builder Alan Jencks of Berkeley. These fold-down seats and table were prefab elements widely available in the 1930s and '40s for compact kitchens in apartments and in-law suites. Given the premium on space these days, installing such built-ins seems like an obvious and profitable offering for builders.
But who sells the slide-and-stop hardware needed to make them work? In my 2011 book, In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats, I listed www.rockler.com and www.hafele.com/us for hardware, but there's got to be more. If you know of other specialty hardware sources, please post them in a Comment below.
In the mean time, thanks to Alan Jencks and the hundreds of master builders and designers who contributed tips and techniques to my new book, Renovation 4th Edition. Its 614 pages included thousands of field-tested tips, 250+ illustrations and roughly 1,000 photos taken on job sites. I hope you find it useful. --Mike
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About the Author
Mike Litchfield was a founding editor of Fine Homebuilding and has been renovating homes or writing about them for more than 30 years.
He was one of the first technical journalists to go to job sites to gather information from tradespeople and his great work, Renovation: A Complete Guide is in its 3rd Edition.
Mike’s tenth book, In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats: Turning one house into two homes will be published by Taunton Press in March, 2011. To preview the book and learn more about its contributors, please visit www.cozydigz.com